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DTO ScholarshipS

Every year, DTO awards three, $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a college degree in a natural resources-related field.  Applicants must live in Coos, Douglas and Lane counties.





Wood products are a major component of the manufacturing and building industry and are an important part of the local, national and global economy. There continues to be a growing job demand for forestry professionals.


DTO is proud to support the Umpqua Community College Forestry & Natural Resources Program, which prepares students for:


  • transfer to the bachelor’s degree program at Oregon State University; or, 

  • The two-year degree at Umpqua Community College may provide a direct career pathway to employment as a Forest Technician or Engineering Technician.



Three scholarships in the amount of $2500 were awarded to well-deserving students.

  • ISAAC CHERRY - Isaac will be transferring with his associates from Umpqua Community College to the College of Forestry at Oregon State University this fall. Upon earning his forest management degree, he plans to move back to Roseburg and work as a forester. Isaac has worked hard to keep his grades high, loans low, and has been dedicated to the UCC Forestry Club. We are excited to see where his career takes him and are proud to help support his career goals.

  • LUKE DONALDSONLuke is currently working toward a degree in natural resources from OSU-Cascades and has an impressive volunteer history with many forestry and natural resource related groups."Working with different forestry professionals has influenced my decision to pursue natural resource management because the field of forestry does not rely solely on tree harvesting. Water resources, soil science, impacts on fish and wildlife, and land use policy are factors that I believe are important to study when pursuing a career in forestry."We are proud to support Luke in the continuation of his well-rounded view of forestry and future career goals!

  • JACOB MITCHELL – Jacob is a repeat scholarship awardee from 2022 and has recently earned his associate degree from Southwestern Oregon Community College and will continue his education at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. He has previously worked for the Coos Watershed Association as a restoration crew member and continues to work for Coos Forest Protective Association as a wildland firefighter. Jacob's goal is to become a forester in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on wildland fire management. We are excited to support Jacob in reaching his career goals!

Photo Credit:  Paul Beck​
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